Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
A Dialogue at Waterloo exhibited 1850

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A Dialogue at Waterloo
Date Exhibited 1850
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1937 x 3880 mm
Acquisition Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Not on display

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In the nineteenth century, as now, Landseer's fame rested on his ability as a painter of humorous or sentimental animal paintings. However he was also

an accomplished portrait, genre and landscape artist. This painting underlines the seemingly inexhaustible interest in commemorating the Napoleonic Wars. The whimsical scene, invented by the artist, shows Wellington, who was commander-in-chief of the Allied forces, returning to the battlefield of Waterloo with his daughter-in-law. Wellington himself disliked any attempt to paint the battle as he felt such images would inevitably fall short of the event itself.

September 2004

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